Ask.com Goes Privacy Friendly

More like this please:

In what's likely to be seen as a privacy-friendly move, IAC Search & Media's Ask.com search engine Tuesday announced a ew feature called AskEraser that deletes a user's search activity data from the company's servers.

When enabled by the user, the feature will completely delete search queries and associated cookie information from Ask.com servers -- including IP addresses, user IDs, session IDs and the text of queries made, according to the company. In most cases, the deletion will take place within a few hours of the time a search is completed, the company said.

It's not a panacea, but a step in the right direction: [More....]

....enabling AskEraser does nothing to prevent third parties with whom Ask.com has relationships from collecting and storing search data.

With third parties, Ask.com will continue to supply user information such as IP addresses, the last URL visited, browser and platform type, data in undeleted cookies from Ask.com and the search query data itself.

Ask.com has also said that it will also retain user search data in cases where it is required by law to do so.... Formal legal requests for search data will continue to be honored, even if AskEraser is enabled.

It's still more than the other search engines are doing so far.

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    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 04:35:53 PM EST
    Think maybe Google will follow??

    BTW - I looked at digg, and here is what they want to register.

    Email address
    First Name
    Last Name
    Zip Code

    Of course none of that will ever be used....